Microsoft Development Tools Earn 13th Industry Award

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 10, 2003 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that the Microsoft® .NET Framework, the component of the Windows®
operating system for building, deploying, and running Web-based applications,
“smart” client applications and Web services, has won the WSA Industry Achievement Award in the Most Promising New Technology category. The WSA, the oldest and largest technology trade association, announced the winners Wednesday night at its eighth annual celebration. The .NET Framework and Microsoft Visual Studio®
.NET, Microsoft’s flagship programming tool, have tallied 13 top industry awards in less than a year of general availability.

“We are proud to award Microsoft with the Most Promising New Technology award for the .NET Framework, a technology that is revolutionizing the way software applications are created,”
said Kathy Wilcox, president and CEO of the WSA.
“Our mission is to bring companies together to foster a strong community of technology, and Microsoft is an important part of that community.”

“We’re thrilled to win this award,”
said Marie Huwe, general manager for developer and platform evangelism at Microsoft.
“The WSA is an important organization for the advancement of software and technology in the state of Washington and beyond, so this achievement takes on an even greater meaning for us. Winning this award is such great motivation to make our tools even better, with the ultimate purpose of helping developers be successful.”

In addition to the WSA award, Visual Studio .NET and the .NET Framework have won 12 top industry awards, which are listed here:

  • Software Development Magazine’s 12th Annual Jolt Productivity Award in the Libraries, Frameworks and Components category

  • Software Development Magazine’s 12th Annual Jolt Excellence Award in the Languages and Development Environment category

  • Intelligent Enterprise Magazine’s 2002 Readers’ Choice Award for Development Tools

  • The 2002 Readers’ Choice Award for Best Windows Development Tool

  • The 2002 Visual Systems Journal Readers’ Choice Award (U.K.) for Best Development Tool or Environment

  • The 2002 SYS-CON Media Editors’ Choice Award for Best Web Services IDE

  • The 2002 SYS-CON Media Editors’ Choice Award for Best Web Services Foundation Platform

  • The 2002 SYS-CON Media Editors’ Choice Award for Best Web Services Framework

  • The 2001 PC Magazine Technical Excellence Award for Development Tools

  • The 2001 InfoWorld Technology of the Year Award

  • The 2001 Intelligent Enterprise Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Award for Development Tools

  • VARBusiness Editors’ Choice as one of the 10 best products of the year for 2001

The WSA, formerly the Washington Software Alliance, includes more than 1,100 members representing a range of software, Internet and technology companies. More information about the organization is available at .

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